SPEAK AS THE ORACLES RADIO Program #118

THE CONVERSION OF
THE CORINTHIANS
& THE EPHESIANS
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INTRODUCTION: Having already completed our studies of the first nine cases of conversion in
the BOOK of conversions — ACTS — we come, finally, to the LAST TWO cases recorded in the
Word of God. We have tried not to force any of the initial nine cases to teach something they do not
say; neither shall we do so in these concluding two. Whatever is recorded, let us be content to
accept it and uphold it AS IT IS WRITTEN...


Tenth Case of Conversion — THE CORINTHIANS


Acts 18:1-28
After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;  (2)  And found a certain
Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that
Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.  (3)  And
because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation
they were tentmakers.  
(4)  And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the
Greeks.  
(5)  And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the
spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.  
(6)  And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said
unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the
Gentiles.  
(7)  And he departed thence, and entered into a certain man's house, named Justus, one that
worshipped God, whose house joined hard to the synagogue.  
(8)  And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the Lord with all his house; and
many of the Corinthians hearing believed, and were baptized.
 

PAUL CAME TO CORINTH FROM ATHENS (Acts 18:1).


II. PAUL LIVED IN CORINTH WITH A CERTAIN JEW NAMED AQUILLA AND HIS WIFE PRISCILLA
(verse 2).


A. He abode with them because they were of the same craft.


1. They were tent-makers (verse 3).


III. PAUL “WROUGHT” (verse 3).


NOTE: This evidently means that Paul, while at Corinth, worked at his craft as a tentmaker.
A.        Later he told the Corinthians that, by RIGHT, they SHOULD have SUPPORTED HIM
FINANCIALLY (1 Corinthians 9:1-14).


1 Corinthians 9:1-14  Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our
Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord?  (2)  If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I
am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord.  (3)  Mine answer to them that
do examine me is this,  (4)  Have we not power to eat and to drink?  (5)  Have we not power to
lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and
Cephas?  (6)  Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working?  (7)  Who goeth
a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit
thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?  (8)  Say I these things
as a man? or saith not the law the same also?  (9)  For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou
shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?  
(10)  Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he
that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his
hope.  (11)  If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your
carnal things?  (12)  If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather?
Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the
gospel of Christ.  (13)  Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the
things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?  (14)  Even
so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.


B. However he did NOT EXERCISE this right at Corinth (1 Corinthians 9:15).

C. Rather, he labored with his own hands, supporting himself (1 Corinthians 4:12).

1 Corinthians 4:11-13  Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked,
and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;  (12)  And labour, working with our own
hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:  (13)  Being defamed, we
intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

D. Also he received support from other churches (i.e., other congregations) besides Corinth (2
Corinthians 11:7-9).

2 Corinthians 11:7-9  Have I committed an offence in abasing myself that ye might be exalted,
because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely?  (8)  I robbed other churches, taking
wages of them, to do you service.  (9)  And when I was present with you, and wanted, I was
chargeable to no man: for that which was lacking to me the brethren which came from
Macedonia supplied: and in all things I have kept myself from being burdensome unto you,
and so will I keep myself.

IV. PAUL REASONED IN THE SYNAGOGUE EVERY SABBATH, WHILE AT CORINTH,
PERSUADING JEWS AND GREEKS (Acts 18:4).

NOTE: This does not say that Paul “kept” the sabbath, but that he REASONED in the synagogue
on that day. Why? No doubt it was because he could get an audience to listen at that place and
time.

Colossians 2:16 teaches we are NOT JUDGED in respect of a sabbath.

Colossians 2:16  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday,
or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

A. Paul testified to the Jews that Jesus was CHRIST (verse 5).

B. The Jews resisted and blasphemed.

C. Paul then turned from the Jews, saying, “henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles (verse 6).

V. PAUL DEPARTED FROM THE SYNAGOGUE, EVIDENTLY GOING ONLY NEXT DOOR INTO THE
HOUSE OF ONE NAMED JUSTUS (verse 7).

A. Justus worshipped God.

B. His house “joined hard to the synagogue.”

VI. CRISPUS, THE CHIEF RULER OF THE SYNAGOGUE BELIEVED ON THE LORD WITH ALL
HIS HOUSE (verse 8).

VII. MANY OF THE CORINTHIANS

A. Heard

B. Believed

C. Were baptized.

DISCUSSION: Why it is that such a BITTER STRUGGLE is made by many SUPPOSEDLY
CHRISTIAN teachers to DENY BAPTISM in CONVERSION would be difficult to say. One can teach
that a sinner must HEAR the gospel, BELIEVE in Jesus Christ, REPENT of his sins, and even
CONFESS HIS FAITH — and these teachers will GO ALONG WITHOUT A MURMUR. But just let it
be suggested that an ALIEN SINNER MUST BE BAPTIZED OR BE LOST, and immediately they
RISE UP IN ARMS. WHY?

When it is pointed out, in this tenth case of conversion, that “many of the Corinthians, HEARING,
BELIEVED and were BAPTIZED,” (verse 8) this type of teacher usually points to CRISPUS, saying
he only BELIEVED. Truly it says nothing about his baptism in THIS verse, but all of God’s Word on
the subject is not limited to verse 8. If we will turn to 1 Corinthians 1:14, we will note that Crispus
WAS BAPTIZED — and that the APOSTLE PAUL DID THE BAPTIZING!

1 Corinthians 1:14  I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

The Conversion of the Ephesians --

Acts 19:1-41  And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed
through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,  (2)  He said unto
them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.  
(3)  And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized?
And they said, Unto John's baptism.  
(4)  Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the
people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.  
(5)  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  
(6)  And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they
spake with tongues, and prophesied.  
(7)  And all the men were about twelve.


I. PAUL PASSED THROUGH THE UPPER COASTS TO EPHESUS (verse 1).

II. HE FOUND “CERTAIN DISCIPLES” THERE (verse 1).

III. HE ASKED THEM, “HAVE YE RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST SINCE YE BELIEVED?” (verse 2).

IV. THEY ANSWERED, “WE HAVE NOT SO MUCH AS HEARD WHETHER THERE BE ANY HOLY
GHOST (verse 2).

V. PAUL ASKED, “UNTO WHAT THEN WERE YE BAPTIZED?” (verse 3).

VI. THEY SAID, “UNTO JOHN’S BAPTISM” (verse 3).

VII. PAUL EXPLAINED THAT JOHN BAPTIZED WITH THE BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE, SAYING
UNTO THE PEOPLE THAT THEY SHOULD BELIEVE ON HIM WHICH SHOULD COME AFTER
HIM, THAT IS, ON CHRIST JESUS (verse 4).
VIII. WHEN THEY HEARD THIS, THEY WERE BAPTIZED IN THE NAME OF THE LORD JESUS
(verse 5).

DISCUSSION: Because Ephesians 4:5 says “ONE baptism,” many people, who clearly have not
been baptized LIKE THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACHES, but have had something they CALL
“BAPTISM,” argue they cannot be “BAPTIZED AGAIN.” It just so happens that the Ephesian
Christians — the very same Ephesians to whom Ephesians 4:5 was written — WERE BAPTIZED
AGAIN! Why?

Because the baptism they had previously received was NOT THE BAPTISM JESUS CHRIST HAD
AUTHORIZED! They had been “baptized,” of course, but the baptism they had received was not the
“one” taught in the New Testament.

When they LEARNED better, they DID better, i.e., they submitted to being BAPTIZED AGAIN
according to the correct teaching.

The SECOND “BAPTISM” they received was the “ONE BAPTISM” of Ephesians 4:5, RATHER THAN
THE FIRST.

Many sincere people continue in error as to their baptism, under the delusion it would be WRONG
to be baptized TWICE! We can readily see, from the example of the Ephesians, that it is RIGHT to
be baptized a second time, in case the baptism one has received already is not according to the
correct teaching.

Many WRONG BAPTISMS have been performed these days, simply because the ones either
BEING BAPTIZED or DOING THE BAPTIZING did not KNOW any better.
For instance, if you were “baptized” when an infant, before it was possible for you to BELIEVE,
according to Acts 8:36-37 –

Acts 8:36-37  And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch
said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?  (37)  And Philip said, If thou
believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus
Christ is the Son of God.

you could NOT possibly have been baptized! In order to be “baptized,” one must FIRST “BELIEVE”
with ALL HIS HEART. Infants CANNOT BELIEVE. Therefore infants CANNOT BE BAPTIZED. If the
only baptism you have was administered to you BEFORE YOU BELIEVED, you, just like the
Ephesians, have the WRONG baptism. YOU MUST BE BAPTIZED RIGHT!

Sometimes people are “baptized” BEFORE THEY ARE TAUGHT. John 6:44-45 says that NO man
can come to Christ except the FATHER draw him, and that ALL shall be TAUGHT of God. “Every
man therefore that hath HEARD, and hath LEARNED of the Father,” comes to Christ.
We are “BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST”

Romans 6:3-4  Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death?  (4)  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like
as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk
in newness of life.

Galatians 3:26-27  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  (27)  For as many
of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

but before this can be done, we must first HEAR and LEARN. If we were BAPTIZED BEFORE
HEARING AND LEARNING, we have the WRONG baptism. WE MUST BE BAPTIZED RIGHT!

Some teachers erroneously teach that baptism has no connection with our salvation. Yet, Acts 2:
38 says it is “FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS” and Acts 22:16 says, “Arise and be baptized, and
WASH AWAY THY SINS.”Anyone whose baptism was NOT FOR THIS PURPOSE does not have
the BAPTISM TAUGHT IN THE NEW TESTAMENT. Like the Ephesians, WE MUST BE BAPTIZED
RIGHT!

It has become popular (however unscriptural) to SUBSTITUTE SPRINKLING or POURING and
CALLING it “BAPTISM,” Romans 6:4 and Colossians 2:12 BOTH teach we are BURIED in
BAPTISM. However, we are NOT BURIED by SPRINKLING or POURING. Therefore, it follows,
NEITHER SPRINKLING NOR POURING IS BAPTISM. If the only “BAPTISM” you have is
SPRINKLING or POURING, YOU MUST BE BAPTIZED RIGHT!
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